It's just that what's important there is different there than what's important is here. Here, people care that you wrote a book or that you work in the media.
The essays are very solipsistic and self-absorbed, I'm totally conscious of that. To me, book writing is fun, and I basically just write about things that are entertaining to myself.
Anybody who says they are a good liar obviously is not, because any legitimately savvy liar would always insist they're honest about everything.
At a magazine, everything you do is edited by a bunch of people, by committee, and a lot of them are, were, or think of themselves as writers. Part of that is because magazines worry about their voice.